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Donkey Kong

aka: DK, Donkey Kong-e

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Critic Reviews 68% add missing review

Video Game Critic, The (A) (100%)

Granted, it's not the best stage in the world, but if you're a fan of the game, it's a real treat. Oh, and did I mention this game is hard as a bastard? But it's not due to "usual suspects" of poor control, bad collision detection, or cheap hits. No, the difficulty level is just plain tough, but it's that relentless challenge that made the arcade game so great to begin with. In other versions you're practically invincible while holding the hammer, but that's definitely not the case here. If you have the option, I'd advise you to pick up this fantastic translation of Donkey Kong. Cheap and readily available, it's the definitive home version.

Aug 23rd, 2006 · Atari 8-bit · read review

Tilt (6 out of 6) (100%)

Une adaptation simplifiée du jeu d'arcades - Mario peut malgré tout utiliser un marteau pour brises les tonneaux - mais trÚs agréable à jouer. L'enthousiasme des possesseurs du VCS Atari est à cet égard significatif !

Jul 1983 · Atari 2600 · read review

Info ( ) (100%)

[Atarisoft version] This is one of a series of classic arcade games that Atari has decided to make available on the Commodore 64. He have tried several of these, and they are all very good. Atari confides that the 64 versions are the best they have ever done. Donkey Kong is a faithful reproduction with complex animation, all the right music and sounds, and all the original screens. (This has to be bad news for Chuck E. Cheese!) also available now are: Robotron/ Centipede/ Dig-Doug/ Defender/ & Pac-Man. Before spring there will also be: Stargate/ Joust/ Pole Position/ Galaxian/ Junglehunt/ Moon Patrol/ MS. Packman/ and Battlezone. We can't wait!

Dec 1983 · Commodore 64 · read review

TeleMatch (1 out of 6) (100%)

Man muß Donkey Kong nicht begeistert aufnehmen, da man es zwangslĂ€ufig mit erwirbt, aber an der Begeisterung kann kaum gezweifelt werden, da diese Kassette sicher in vielen FĂ€llen ein wichtiger Grund fĂŒr die Anschaffung des Systems sein wird. Bestechende Grafik, ein vielgestaltiges Spielgeschehen und die bekannte Original-Arcade-“Musik“ zeichnen dieses Geschicklichkeitsspiel aus.

Jul 1983 · ColecoVision · read review

All Game Guide ( ) (100%)

Gorgeous animation (such as Kong stomping his feet), slick sounds (who could forget Mario's squeaky shoes?) and enjoyable challenges helped make Donkey Kong one of the most fondly remembered arcade games of all time.

1998 · Arcade · read review

JoyStik (10 out of 10) (100%)

The ColecoVision Donkey Kong is simply the best home/arcade game available today. The high-resolution graphics are terrific, the game plays like the original, and the sound effects even include the happy tune that greets you with each turn. What's more, you get to be the hero and save the Girl. Ah, chivalry...

Dec 1982 · ColecoVision · read review

Computer Games (A) (100%)

We didn't think the Coleco version could be topped, but Atari has done it.

Feb 1984 · Atari 8-bit

Tilt (6 out of 6) (100%)

Aussi difficile que le jeu d'arcades, aussi beau graphiquement (ou presque) avec des effets sonores remarquables, cette version pour Coleco fera date. Un must !

Jul 1983 · ColecoVision · read review

Atari Times, The (99 out of 100) (99%)

So if you're looking for a great home version of Donkey Kong, you can't get much better than the Atari 8-bit version. The graphics, sounds, gameplay, control, levels, and screen order is about as faithful as you'll find. Even when compared to more recent versions.

Apr 29th, 2005 · Atari 8-bit · read review

Video Game Critic, The (A-) (91%)

Perhaps I've just become a Donkey Kong whiz over the years, but I was able to clear the first few sets of screens without much trouble. This NES translation has it quirks but ultimately succeeds in bringing the arcade experience home.

Jul 26th, 2004 · NES · read review

Video Game Critic, The (A-) (91%)

This legendary game (the Colecovision pack-in cart) really got the system off to a running start. In 1982, people were very hungry for the "arcade quality" graphics that this version of Donkey Kong delivered. It's a terrific adaptation, although it does have a few quirks. The first screen has a slightly different girder layout, and making it up last ladder is very difficult. Holding a hammer makes you invincible, unlike the Atari 2600 version. The second screen (the rivets) plays well but there's no ending animation of DK falling down, which some people were probably hoping for. The third screen is the impressive elevator stage, which looks virtually the same as the arcade. The conveyer belt screen is missing, as it is in other home versions of the game. Overall the graphics here are terrific, but the control is somewhat stiff.

Mar 12th, 2000 · ColecoVision · read review

Retro Game Reviews ( ) (90%)

Donkey Kong on the Amstrad CPC is one of the best versions I've played of this classic arcade game. Not only is it the one of most complete home ports you'll find, it controls amazingly well and is still a joy to play.

Dec 8th, 2014 · Amstrad CPC · read review

Eurogamer.net (UK) (9 out of 10) (90%)

The repeated saviour of Nintendo, Donkey Kong was conceived from such refined, simplistic brilliance it's provided a wealth of videogaming material to this very day, and the original title can still hold its own against the best of the rest.

Oct 25th, 2007 · Arcade · read review

Retro Game Reviews ( ) (90%)

Donkey Kong is a superb port of the Arcade classic and it's the sort of game you can play for hours due to the solid core mechanics. It's possibly the best home version out there and just tops the excellent port on the Amstrad CPC (1986) which is also missing the Conveyor Belt stage.

Nov 23rd, 2015 · NES · read review

Computer and Video Games (CVG) (9 out of 10) (90%)

Atarisoft is asking ÂŁ29.99 for this cartridge - a lot of money, but then it's head and shoulders above anything in TI's own range for playability, quality of graphics and lasting appeal. A definitive must for TI owners.

May 1984 · TI-99/4A · read review

All Game Guide ( ) (90%)

Some people find Donkey Kong, whether the Arcade or Coleco version, a bore. I'm not one of these people, but the action can get tired after extended play. The stages don't take very long to complete, and the intensity level is not on par with a game like Defender or even Ms. Pac-Man. All in all, though, Donkey Kong is a good-looking, whimsical game that will be remembered for a long time.

1998 · ColecoVision · read review

Amtix! (84 out of 100) (84%)

This direct conversion from the arcade version has kept all its appeal, and is still great fun to play. The graphics are very neat and the jingles are near enough the same as the original. Playing it now I found the first screen the hardest of the lot - strange I know, but the others are very predictable and once done they're no problem. I like it, but then again I always have.

Feb 1987 · Amstrad CPC

Video Game Critic, The (B+) (83%)

Donkey Kong for the 7800 is fairly close to the arcade original. Climb ladders, jump barrels, rescue the girl from a giant ape. Three of the four screens from the arcade are in this version; the conveyor belt screen is missing. That's okay because it was the least fun of the bunch. As a matter of fact, I don't think that screen made it into any of the home versions of Donkey Kong. This game does have a few flaws. The squeaky shoe sound from the arcade game has been replaced with a more annoying sound effect. Sometimes it can be difficult to pick up the hammer. But other than that, this is classic fun.

Jan 26th, 2000 · Atari 7800 · read review

Nintendo Master (8.3 out of 10) (83%)

Un classique Ă  voir, voire Ă  avoir !

2008 · NES · read review

Fragland.net (81 out of 100) (81%)

Dondé esta el tiempo or where is the time that I played a Donkey Kong clone on the Atari 1040ST. I discovered it by accident actually as I was tired of playing Sokoban, Space Invaders or Taito's Arkanoid, I decided to search through Daddy's pile of diskettes to find a new interesting application. Most of them where plain midi files which he used to study the songs in a Qbase-like program. Quite useful to people who want to learn music as that tool allows you to only play the melody so you can accompany it or vice versa. Anyway, soon disks where running out but as I got to the last package, my luck was about to change because in one of those I discovered Donkey Kong.

Jan 11th, 2005 · Game Boy Advance · read review

Nintendo Life ( ) (80%)

Mario (or rather Jumpman) may seem quite limited in his abilities (and death by a short fall is very old school), but Donkey Kong is a fun game. Tougher than the NES port it can get quite addictive as you seek to improve your high scores. Should the many re-releases of the NES version failed to have impressed, there's nothing here that will win you over, but for fans of the game, Arcade Archives Donkey Kong is something of an ultimate release. Three versions of it with a few display options and HAMSTER's usual array of modes and online leaderboards make this a great choice for fans of high score chasing games.

Jun 18th, 2018 · Nintendo Switch · read review

Game Informer Magazine (8 out of 10) (80%)

However, this version is a copy of the NES iteration, so the little cutscenes, along with the conveyor belt level, are absent. Regardless of the omissions and primitive gameplay, Donkey Kong is pure handheld history, and it's still got that irresistible old-school charm.

Jun 2004 · Game Boy Advance

Tilt (16 out of 20) (80%)

Techniquement cette cartouche est irréprochable. Les dessins s'avÚrent fort bien réalisés et d'une fidélité à toute épreuve. L'animation, modÚle de douceur et de précision, n'est jamais prise en défaut et l'écran ne présente pas de problÚmes de scintillement dûs, par exemple, à la présence de trop nombreux objets en mouvement. Bref, du grand art !

Dec 1987 · NES · read review

VideoGame ( ) (80%)

Um malvado gorila aprisionou sua namorada, e vocĂȘ deve salvĂĄ-la. SĂł que nĂŁo serĂĄ fĂĄcil: ele nĂŁo se cansarĂĄ de jogar barris para obstruir o caminho.

Jun 1991 · Atari 2600 · read review

Retro Game Reviews ( ) (80%)

Despite the sound issues, Donkey Kong on the Atari 7800 is hugely enjoyable, with great controls and gameplay that never gets old. In my opinion though, it doesn't improve on anything found in the NES port (1986) so unless this is your only option you're better off sticking with Nintendo's 8-bit version.

Jun 26th, 2016 · Atari 7800 · read review

Atari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition (8 out of 10) (80%)

Donkey Kong is one of the all-time classic arcade games and with its attractive graphics, great sounds and responsive gameplay this Atari 8-bit version is still one of the best out there.

Dec 2013 · Atari 8-bit · read review

neXGam (7.6 out of 10) (76%)

Mit Donkey Kong hatte Coleco definitiv den perfekten Launchtitel fĂŒr die Konsole an der Hand. Technisch eine nahezu optimale Umsetzung, wird dem Spieler allerdings eine prĂ€zise Steuerung abverlangt. Dadurch, das Donkey Kong im Bundle erhĂ€ltlich war, gibt es das Modul heute fast geschenkt. Wer den Titel noch nicht hat, sollte ihn unbedingt seiner Colecovision Sammlung hinzufĂŒgen.

Oct 15th, 2013 · ColecoVision · read review

Video Game Critic, The (B) (75%)

Donkey Kong for the Atari 2600 is competently programmed and enjoyable to play but I wish its programmer had been a little more ambitious.

Nov 18th, 2008 · Atari 2600 · read review

NES Archives (B) (75%)

This one started it all for Nintendo so if you are a big Nintendo fan then this game is a must have. Also if you like early games or are curious about early video games then you should pick it up. Of course, you might as well just pick up Donkey Kong Classics, which contains Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong, Jr. in one Game Pak.

Nov 4th, 2007 · NES · read review

Atari Times, The (75 out of 100) (75%)

I know I've complained a lot about the 7800 port of Donkey Kong, but it's actually close enough to the arcade version of the game to satisfy most gamers, I suspect. It's still a challenging title which requires the player to think up a bit of strategy to advance in levels. Up to two players can take part in the fun, and there are three skill levels available – standard, advanced and expert. The instruction manual is thin and lacking in detail, but this is Donkey Kong -- any kid from the 1980s ought to know how to play.

Nov 5th, 2005 · Atari 7800 · read review

Pixel-Heroes.de (7 out of 10) (70%)

Donkey Kong ist, auch wenn auf jedem System etwas anders, immer gleichwertig gut und sollte jedem Retrospieler bekannt sein.

Mar 2004 · NES · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (14 out of 20) (70%)

Donkey Kong ralliera tous les fans d'arcade, qui pourront avoir le plaisir d'une borne Ă  domicile sans dĂ©penser une fortune. Les joueurs occasionnels ou Ă  la recherche de quelque chose avec un minimum de profondeur devront l'Ă©viter, sous peine d'ĂȘtre déçus.

Jun 16th, 2011 · NES · read review

Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library ( ) (70%)

It’s a competent port of a revolutionary game that unfortunately does not include one of the arcade levels (cement factory), which hurts this otherwise nice title a bit.

2016 · NES

Pixel-Heroes.de (7 out of 10) (70%)

Donkey Kong ist, auch wenn auf jedem System etwas anders, immer gleichwertig gut und sollte jedem Retrospieler bekannt sein.

Mar 2004 · Commodore 64 · read review

8-bit Central Retro Gaming ( ) (70%)

Donkey Kong is on everyone's list of favorites which I'm OK with since its a lot of fun and packs a big retro blast.

2011 · Atari 7800 · read review

Game Freaks 365 (7 out of 10) (70%)

Don’t let the score I gave this game deceive you. The Atari 2600 version of this game is hardly worth your time if you have even the Colecovision version, and certainly isn’t if you have the NES version. You should only contemplate getting this version of the game if you are a collector who absolutely must have every game for the Atari 2600, or if you, for some reason, do not have an NES or a Colecovision. Otherwise, I would say that either of those versions would be a better choice than this version. This version is not bad, but it isn’t the best, and if you are only going to buy one version of a game, it should be the best.

2000 · Atari 2600 · read review

Retro Game Reviews ( ) (70%)

Donkey Kong for the Colecovision isn't the best port but it would be unfair to be too harsh when you consider the timeframe it was released. It plays decently and although it was surpassed by future ports (namely on the NES and Amstrad CPC) it's still head and shoulders above other home versions of the early 1980s.

May 24th, 2015 · ColecoVision · read review

Pixel-Heroes.de (7 out of 10) (70%)

Donkey Kong ist, auch wenn auf jedem System etwas anders, immer gleichwertig gut und sollte jedem Retrospieler bekannt sein.

Mar 2004 · Game Boy Advance · read review

Computer and Video Games (CVG) (7 out of 10) (70%)

I don't know why Ocean released such a game, but if you are looking for a good Kong game on the 64, try another Ocean release Kong Strikes Back.

Mar 1987 · Commodore 64 · read review

Questicle.net (B-) (67%)

I’m grateful for the existence of Donkey Kong even if I don’t feel that it has aged well. It put Nintendo on the map, and without Nintendo, many of my and millions of others’ greatest gaming memories would not have been created. For that, I can only give the maddest of props.

Oct 2011 · NES · read review

Woodgrain Wonderland (B-) (67%)

I was all ready to rip into Donkey Kong for the 2600 with so many of the usual suspects: it was another high-profile release that disappointed fans, Coleco purposely made it bad in order to bolster Colecovision sales, it’s too easy etc. But guess what? Playing it today I found myself having fun – as much fun as any other version of Donkey Kong I’ve ever played.

Dec 16th, 2016 · Atari 2600 · read review

64'er (10 out of 15) (67%)

Die Umsetzung des Automaten ist den Programmierern voll gelungen, obwohl man sich fragen muß, ob dieses Unternehmen sinnvoll war. Schließlich haben heutige Heimcomputer FĂ€higkeiten auf den Gebieten Grafik und Sound, die damalige Spielautomaten ĂŒbertreffen. Deswegen darf man bei Donkey Kong auch nicht mit sensationeller Grafik und Musik rechnen. Trotzdem: wer sich fĂŒr eine echte Software-AntiquitĂ€t interessiert, wird sicherlich auch gerne den Preis fĂŒr Donkey Kong bezahlen.

Feb 1987 · Commodore 64 · read review

Amstrad Action (66 out of 100) (66%)

A very old game, what's needed is new ideas for new games.

Mar 1987 · Amstrad CPC · read review

Happy Computer (65 out of 100) (65%)

Wenn diese Neuauflage eines Super-Oldies nur 10, 20 Mark kosten wĂŒrde, wĂ€re sie eine originelle Bereicherung, die in keinem Software-Schrank fehlen sollte. Leider wird Donkey Kong aber zu einem höheren Preis verkauft, fĂŒr den man wesentlich modernere (und auch bessere) Programme bekommen kann. Schade, daß so eine an und fĂŒr sich gute Idee zu teuer (und damit unter Wert) verkauft wurde.

Feb 1987 · Commodore 64 · read review

Kombo.com (6.5 out of 10) (65%)

Donkey Kong is a great game, and a true classic. It is hard to really know how revolutionary this game is without seeing it first hand in the infancy of the Video Game age. Still I don't know how many gamers of today could appreciate its wonderfully original scope and vision. And with Nintendo already releasing it for the Gameboy Advance through the e-reader I feel that this game may be find only collectors and hardcore fans interested in it.

Jun 7th, 2004 · Game Boy Advance · read review

Sinclair User ( ) (60%)

It's too little, too late. Here we have Kong, three years on and it's much the same. Progress? Who cares?

Jan 1987 · ZX Spectrum · read review

Zzap! (60 out of 100) (60%)

Fun, although interest will no doubt wane once the game is completed.

Jan 1987 · Commodore 64 · read review

Video Game Den ( ) (60%)

So here you have it, Donkey Kong is definitively a highly-regarded arcade classic (praise that it rightfully deserves), and this port is incredibly faithful to the original game (despite the missing screen). But I feel that it just doesn't really hold up when placed against the rest of the Famicom library.

Sep 19th, 2012 · NES · read review

TeleMatch (3 out of 6) (60%)

Mit dem Spielhallen- oder CBS-COLECOVISION-Hit hat das beinahe nichts mehr zu tun. Eleganz wird durch Starrheit ersetzt, Dynamik durch Stumpfsinn. Wer nicht allzu anspruchsvoll ist der wird natĂŒrlich auch mit dieser Donkey Kong- Fassung eher zufriedengestellt als mit so manch stupidem Weltraum-Geballer. Aber ein mir bis vor kurzem noch unbekannter Videospieler im Teenager-Alter ist zu verstehen, der nach kĂŒrzester Zeit seine gekaufte Donkey Kong-ATARI-Kassette bei einem Freund gegen eine andere Kassette vertauschte...

Jul 1983 · Atari 2600 · read review

Retro Game Reviews ( ) (60%)

Donkey Kong is an odd version of the Arcade classic due to its lack of screens, but it plays well and is a decent representation of the game. Due to the use of a minuscule 4K cartridge it's not a patch on the superior Colecovision port (also released in 1982), but there's certainly some fun to be had, if only for a brief play session.

Jun 2nd, 2018 · Atari 2600 · read review

8-bit Central Retro Gaming ( ) (60%)

Donkey Kong offers the gist of the arcade original, but like most "home" arcade games it suffered more than necessary escpecially with only 2 screens. But hey, It's fucking Donkey Kong and that shit is tons of fun! Later releases had improved graphics and more levels.

2011 · Atari 2600 · read review

Digitally Downloaded ( ) (60%)

For $0.30 Donkey Kong is a fun trip down nostalgia lane. Once the price bumps back up to the $6.50 or whatever Nintendo is charging for NES Virtual Console games in your region, it stops being worthwhile.

Jul 17th, 2013 · Wii U · read review

Nintendo Life ( ) (60%)

Donkey Kong may have legacy on its side, but the reality is that it's a somewhat shallow gaming experience. As is the case with many early NES titles, this one was ported from an arcade cabinet, repetitive gameplay and all. That being said, if played in short bursts, this is definitely a game worth having on hand, available to share with younger generations of Nintendo gamers who may not yet have had the opportunity to experience it.

Jul 16th, 2013 · Wii U · read review

TeleMatch (3 out of 6) (60%)

Diese Donkey Kong-Fassung ist erstaunlicherweise nicht besser als die fĂŒr ATARI, so daß man den Verdacht haben muß, die COLECO-Leute untertreiben ihre Möglichkeiten bewußt, um den — zweifellos nicht nur auf Donkey Kong bezogen, vorhandenen — Vorteil ihres eigenen Systems nach KrĂ€ften herauszustellen. Man hat es wie bei der ATARI-Version mit nur zwei GerĂŒsten zu tun, die jedoch ein klein wenig besser an die Arcade-Grafik herankommen.

Jul 1983 · Intellivision · read review

FNintendo (6 out of 10) (60%)

Para quem quiser recuar aos primĂłrdios do gĂ©nero de plataformas, Donkey Kong Ă© o tĂ­tulo ideal. NĂŁo apresenta uma grande diversidade de nĂ­veis, mas vale pela ĂĄrdua tarefa de apanhar o maior nĂșmero de pontos. Tal como qualquer outro jogo da sua Ă©poca, Ă© um tĂ­tulo que exige bastante da habilidade do jogador e que rapidamente atinge nĂ­veis de dificuldade bastante elevados. Infelizmente, envelheceu mal na jogabilidade, mas foi aqui que nasceram Super Mario e Donkey Kong.

Dec 22nd, 2013 · Nintendo 3DS · read review

Eurogamer.net (UK) ( ) (60%)

Annoyingly, Nintendo stripped out the excellent second level out of this surprisingly faithful 1983 port, making this a somewhat less than essential purchase - even for hardcore fans. In fact, Donkey Kong is one of several games you'll come across on the Virtual Console service that will make you wish Nintendo had included a Virtual Arcade alongside the console offerings so that we could play it as nature intended. Make enough noise and we can make it happen.

Jan 16th, 2007 · Wii · read review

Eurogamer.de (3 out of 5) (60%)

Dennoch war die NES-Version schon damals der Spielhallen-Fassung deutlich unterlegen. Zweifelsohne trotzdem ein Klassiker, der seine minimalistische Aufmachung mit einem forderndem Schwierigkeitsgrad vergessen macht – und nebenbei aufzeigt, wie sehr wir von modernen Games verhĂ€tschelt werden.

Jan 19th, 2007 · Wii · read review

Nintendo Land (60 out of 100) (60%)

The limited numbers of courses (3) (The arcade version had 4) makes this a dull game that you will get tired of after only a few days. One good thing is that, once you have completed the 3 courses, the game goes back to course number 1 but now it is in game B, which means that the game is more difficult. A breakthrough in itÂŽs day but not so good anymore. For die hard Mario fans only.

2003 · NES · read review

Génération 4 (58 out of 100) (58%)

Les graphismes sont similaires Ă  l'arcade, qui date tout de mĂȘme de 1982. Ce n'est donc pas vraiment une rĂ©fĂ©rence. DONKEY KONG se rĂ©vĂšle assez rĂ©pĂ©titif mais il est distrayant. Il reprĂ©sente une vĂ©ritable piĂšce de musĂ©e. Je le conseille plus particuliĂšrement aux jeunes enfants, ou aux inconditionnels de la sĂ©rie.

1987 · NES · read review

Wiiloveit (16 out of 30) (53%)

The levels are all fairly simple, but once you’ve been through them, there is little want or need to play through them again. Plus, it’s very easy to die in the game since if you fall from any height, that’s above your own height - you’re finished. Combined with the fact that you can’t jump very far over gaps and whatnot in the first place means that whilst this game will always remain a classic, it just isn’t entertaining anymore.

2008 · Wii · read review

Cheat Code Central (2.5 out of 5) (50%)

Everything about this game is old-school. It's not a very pretty looking game and the sound is equally low quality. At least the controls are responsive. Those used to games with moving backgrounds and 20-plus levels might find this game hard to look at after a few hours. In order to accommodate the GBA screen, the game has been compressed a little. There is a two-player mode that allows you to use the Link cable but it's not necessary since this game can only be played one person at a time. You can just use the same game and shoot for high score which can be saved for posterity if you desire.

2004 · Game Boy Advance · read review

Your Sinclair (5 out of 10) (50%)

Donkey Kong was a good arcade game and this is a good conversion, with all the frills, including the 'How high can you get?' dare and Donkey stomping the girders at the start. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that it's better than any of the versions that appeared all those years ago.

Feb 1987 · ZX Spectrum · read review

Gaming Target (5 out of 10) (50%)

There is definitely a lot of nostalgia involved in enjoying Donkey Kong. If you remember playing the game back in the glory days of 8-bit gaming, (wowie, an entire byte of graphics!) then you’ll get a kick out of reliving your youth. Otherwise if you’re looking for thrills and spills
 expect to find a lot more of the latter. I’d say the entire game is fun for about 20 minutes, before getting dull. For the $5 price tag, you’re just better off waiting for the original Super Mario Bros. or some other classic Nintendo game to show up on the VC. Either that, or just buy Animal Crossing and find the hidden copy of Donkey Kong. At least when you’re done with DK, you’ll still have Animal Crossing to play, not to mention the free space on your Wii HDD.

Dec 19th, 2006 · Wii · read review

Nintendo-Online.de (5 out of 10) (50%)

Jeder Zocker, der Wert auf sein Hobby legt, sollte mindestens einmal „Donkey Kong“ gespielt haben. Das zugĂ€ngliche, spaßige Spielprinzip in Verbindung mit der großen historischen Bedeutung des Titels lĂ€sst die Herzen der Retro-Spieler höher schlagen. Auf der anderen Hand jedoch hat der Zahn der Zeit deutlich am Spiel genagt; fĂŒr heutige VerhĂ€ltnisse ist der Umfang unter aller Kanone und Grafik und Ton gehören zu dem wohl schlichtestem, was das NES hervorgebracht hat. Ganz zu schweigen davon, dass diese Fassung nicht einmal dem Original entspricht, sondern an entscheidenden Stellen gekĂŒrzt wurde. Der spielerische Wert von „Donkey Kong“ geht nach dem ersten Durchspielen nicht ĂŒber das Highscoreknacken zwischendurch hinĂŒber; dem Spiel ist deutlich anzumerken, dass es ursprĂŒnglich fĂŒr Arcade-Hallen konzipiert war.

Jul 18th, 2013 · Wii U · read review

Tilt (10 out of 20) (50%)

Donkey Kong : difficile de comprendre cette nouvelle parution... Donkey Kong revient sur C 64 aprÚs plus de quatre ans d'existence. Si le logiciel a déjà fait ses preuves et que l'on peut à nouveau prendre plaisir à délivrer la malheureuse captive, l'ensemble reste sans surprise.

Mar 1987 · Commodore 64 · read review

Power Play (47 out of 100) (47%)

Nur fĂŒr Fans interessant.

Sep 1988 · NES · read review

64 Power / big.N / N Games (47 out of 100) (47%)

Bereits auf dem “alten“ Schwarzweiß-Game Boy gab es ein Remake, welches auf satte 100 Level aufgestockt wurde. In der GBA-Fassung sind nur die ursprĂŒnglichen drei (!) ĂŒbrig geblieben.

Aug 2004 · Game Boy Advance

GameSpot (4.6 out of 10) (46%)

The structure of the game couldn't be any simpler. You play the game's three stages in order, and if you beat all three, you go back to a harder, faster version of the first one. This repeats until you run out of lives. You have the option to play a two-player mode, but all you do is alternate with another player. The underlying incentive behind the game is to earn a high score, but since this is a no-frills port of the NES game, don't expect online leaderboards or anything like that. It's too bad Nintendo didn't release the arcade version of Donkey Kong instead, though in fairness, they do call it Virtual Console. At any rate, unless downloading Donkey Kong for the NES for 500 Wii Points ($5) seems like a complete no-brainer to you, you'd best give this one a pass and leave it to the history books and the fond childhood memories.

Nov 21st, 2006 · Wii · read review

Game Hoard, The (3 out of 7) (43%)

Donkey Kong has not really stood the test of time, but its historical importance has lead to excusing away its little problems. For its time it was impressive and it paved the way for Nintendo to become gaming’s most important company, but as a platformer viewed with modern eyes, its rigid and a little too linear. Your path is practically set in three of the four levels and the only challenges to it are things like barrels that test momentum-based jumps and elevators that can too easily trigger fall damage deaths. Even at its most interesting in the rivet level, it’s not doing all that much, meaning that there isn’t really too much to Donkey Kong beyond an impressive legacy and little jumping problems.

Mar 18th, 2020 · Arcade · read review

Mag'64 (4 out of 10) (40%)

So bitter es fĂŒr manche Nostalgiker und Retro-Fans auch erscheinen mag, "Donkey Kong" fĂŒr das NES ist vor allem eines: schlecht gealtert. Der Spielwert dieses ehemals beliebten Arcade-Klassikers ist heutzutage dermaßen verschwindend gering, dass sich der ĂŒbliche Virtual Console-Verkaufspreis fĂŒr NES-Titel von immerhin fĂŒnf Euro tatsĂ€chlich nur schwer rechtfertigen lĂ€sst. Mehr als einen halbwegs akzeptablen, weil spielerisch leider sehr redundanten PausenfĂŒller sollte man hier selbst als retroaffiner Videospielliebhaber nicht erwarten. Was wahrlich nicht heißen soll, dass man mit diesem Spiel heute keinen Spaß mehr haben kann - vom Glanz der alten Tage ist mittlerweile jedoch nur wenig ĂŒbrig geblieben.

Aug 1st, 2013 · Wii U · read review

IGN (4 out of 10) (40%)

The Virtual Console has a lot of potential. It has potential that extends beyond Nintendo's past home consoles. Like Xbox Live Arcade, the Wii's download service should offer classic arcade titles. Nintendo, built on a foundation of arcade hits and only later expanding to the home market, should be encouraged to provide its quarter-collecting catalog alongside the classics from the NES, SNES and N64. The original, true Donkey Kong should be made available. The original Mario Bros., or Sheriff, or even the underwhelming but historically significant Radar Scope. So don't download this version of Donkey Kong. Send a message that you want the real game. The game that saved Nintendo from bankruptcy. The game that kept the company from drowning in thousands of unmarketable arcade cabinets. Give us the real Donkey Kong, Nintendo, not the same old incomplete port.

Dec 1st, 2006 · Wii · read review

Nintendo Life ( ) (40%)

In short blasts there is no question this game is still very addictive to this day. You can keep coming back to it time and time again to chip away at your previous high score. If you happen to be a nostalgic gamer with rose tinted spectacles firmly in place, or even a huge Nintendo fan who wants to get to grips with the company’s back catalogue – this could be for you.

Nov 20th, 2006 · Wii · read review

vc-reviews.com ( ) (40%)

This game will need no introduction for many. Playing as Mario you must jump over barrels and climb the scaffolding in order to rescue the princess from big bad Donkey Kong who taunts you from the top. You will need to perfect your timing when jumping the barrels and climbing ladders on your way to the top so you don't get hit. If you pick up a hammer you can take out baddies who are getting in your way. When you reach the top you topple the mischievous gorilla and get the girl. This is classic uncomplicated arcade action as it used to be.

Nov 19th, 2006 · Wii · read review

1UP! (40 out of 100) (40%)

Au final, Donkey Kong est un bon p'tit jeu compte tenu de son grand ùge mais qui passe quasiment inaperçu dans la riche logithÚque de la NES, au milieu des centaines de jeux plus longs, plus riches et plus intéressants. Et forcément, la note s'en ressent. Toutefois, pour les nostalgiques ou les plus jeunes désireux de découvrir les racines de leur passion, Donkey Kong est un incontournable, une pierre angulaire de l'histoire des jeux vidéo qui permet de mieux en comprendre l'évolution.

Dec 15th, 2001 · NES · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (5 out of 20) (25%)

Le principe des Nes Classics est au dĂ©part louable. Faire connaĂźtre les vieux classiques de la firme, par le biais de son Ă©toile, sa principale source de revenus, la GBA. Mais l'aspect financier reprend vite ses droits. Alors que l'on aurait pu retrouver ces concentrĂ©s de lĂ©gende avec d'autres softs, ou en bonus, comme MĂ©troid, les voilĂ  vendus seuls, et Ă  plus de 20 euros qui plus est. Donkey Kong Ă©tait un trĂšs bon jeu, qui a fait son temps maintenant, et qui ne devrait pas sortir sans ĂȘtre accompagnĂ©. La nostalgie peut faire renaĂźtre des mythes, mais pas sous cette forme.

Jul 13th, 2004 · Game Boy Advance · read review

Video Game Critic, The (D-) (16%)

A lackluster title, it should also be noted that this game does not work on the Intellivision II.

Sep 17th, 2000 · Intellivision · read review

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) (1.6 out of 12) (13%)

Aber, ich habe fast genau diese Version auch schon 1983 als The King auf dem Dragon gespielt. Der Spielablauf, die Animation der Figuren sowie der Sound sind zu 99 Prozent identisch. Warum also jetzt hoch solch ein in meinen Augen ĂŒberflĂŒssiges Werk? Es muß doch jedem Software-Fan klar sein, daß dieses Programm um einige Jahre zu spĂ€t kommt. Ich glaube kaum, daß sich sehr viele Freunde finden werden, die bereit sind, die „Weiße Frau“ aus den FĂ€ngen von „Donkey (King) Kong“ zu befreien! Au weia, ist das schwach!

Jan 1987 · Commodore 64 · read review

Every Game I've Finished N/A

If you really like Donkey Kong, this doesn’t cut it. If you don’t
 I mean, this version is quite easy? And you know what, I was surprised by how well it played despite being cut down. It’s fine. I played it.

Jun 2nd, 2021 · NES · read review

Micro 7 N/A

Les 4 tableaux ainsi que les saynettes intermédiaires ainsi qu'une fidélité graphique remarquable.

Jan 1984 · Atari 8-bit · read review

Happy Computer N/A

Grafisch kann es dieses Spiel voll mit der Spielhallenversion aufnehmen, wenn es auch nicht vollstĂ€ndig mit ihr ĂŒbereinstimmt. Ein Hit ist die Heimcomputer-Version dennoch.

Dec 1983 · Atari 8-bit

Player Reviews

You Can't Go Wrong With Donkey Kong, But....

The Good
(Note: This is for the 2004 "NES Classics" version, not the e-Reader card.)

Donkey Kong remains a timeless classic, as well as the launching point for two of Nintendo's biggest stars: Mario and Donkey Kong. So much has been said about the Donkey Kong arcade game, that it's simply one of gaming's biggest legends. It's a fun game with catchy music, memorable characters, fun animations and lots of challenge. Simply put, the game has stood the test of time, and remains as fun to play now as it was then.

The GBA version also saves your high score, so that's something also to be noted.

The Bad
That said, here lies one of the biggest mysteries the NES ever created: Why, oh why, could the system brought us the "Super Mario Bros." and "Legend of Zelda" series, simply not give us the Pie Factory level? Why is it missing animations and in-between screens? I can understand the older systems like the ColecoVision and Atari 2600, but not the NES. And why am I criticizing the NES version when I am reviewing the GBA version? Because the "NES Classics" version is a straight port of that version.

This means no "How High Can You Go" screens, no opening Donkey Kong climb to the top of the first level, and no Pie Factory. The NES was capable of producing huge, in-depth games. They made a lot of cuts with their flagship title, and this GBA port carries every single glaring flaw. In some ways, I wish Nintendo would have just simply cheated and had given us the full game when they brought it over to the GBA.

The Bottom Line
Again, "Donkey Kong" still remains a lot of fun, but don't expect the complete experience, or you'll be sorely disappointed. The full version is something of a console rarity as it stands as only the original Game Boy remake and the hidden game in "Donkey Kong 64" are the only recent titles to house the full experience.

The GBA version is cheap fun for its $15-$20 price tag, so while it's still recommended to people who want to enjoy the game on the go, but be forewarned as to what you're getting into. "Donkey Kong" enthusiasts, step right up. "Donkey Kong" purists, you have been warned....

by Guy Chapman (1746) on Aug 21st, 2004 · Game Boy Advance

A pale imitation, but there's still some fun to be had.

The Good
For all it's faults, this version of Donkey Kong has it where it really counts: the gameplay is solid, authentic, and fun. Jumping barrels, climbing ladders, pulling rivets, dodging fireballs, smashing things with a hammer - in the two levels presented, it's all there, but don't expect much more.

The Bad
Donkey Kong really deserved so much more. If this was an original platformer, or an obscure port, this would have a well-deserved place among the better 2600 games. But it has to measure up as Donkey Kong, and it just doesn't: First, the barebones nature of the game: no music, no title screen, none of the cut-scene intermissions or intros. Next, the graphics - is that really supposed to be Donkey Kong? Looks more like a sock puppet! And are those fireballs? I don't think so! More like strange ghosts.
And where's the sound? The iconic music? All you get is the squeaky shoes, a jump noise, and two goofy licks: one for when you die and one that plays when you beat a level and when your game is over. More substantially, of the four levels, only two (!) have made it to this version: the barrel level and the rivets level. And the game starts out easy and stays easy. For a long time. If you have the stamina and patience, it does eventually become harder.

The Bottom Line
This version of Donkey Kong is ok, considering the limitations of the 2600 - but it could have been much better. It's a fun game if you can overlook it's shortcomings: flat difficulty curve, extreme repetitiveness, and lackluster graphics/sounds.

by Bob Montgomery (526) on Jun 21st, 2007 · Atari 2600

Good port, but the NES and Game Boy Advance versions are better.

The Good
When you think of Nintendo, what comes to mind? Probably Mario or Donkey Kong would to come to mind. They made their first appearance in the 1981 arcade game, Donkey Kong. After it's success in the arcades, it was ported to as many home consoles and home computers you could think of. All of the ports of the game I played are enjoyable. The Atari 2600 version is just like the other ones. I have a lot of fun playing this port. The graphics are pretty cool (I still think Atari 2600 graphics look cool.). The game is easy and simple. Its one those games that you can just pick up and play. The increased difficulty as the game goes on is also a nice challenge.

The Bad
As I said before, the graphics look pretty cool. Mario,and Pauline look pretty good. But Donkey Kong dosen't look all that well. He is just dark brown all over his body. Could they have bothered to add a blob of a light brown colored pixel on his chest? I'm Donkey Kong dosen't look so well because I'm pretty sure the 2600's color palette was limited. Another disappointment is that there are only TWO levels. The arcade version had four. You could pretty much beat the game every time you play it.

The Bottom Line
But, overall, this is a enjoyable port of the arcade version that's cheap and easy to find. But, if your looking for a better version, I would recommend the NES or Game Boy Advance version.

by Jake Lewis (2) on May 6th, 2011 · Atari 2600

One of the first platform games out there, still popular to this day

The Good
My first glimpse of Donkey Kong was playing it on a miniature arcade machine that you placed on the kitchen table. Its design mimicked that of the original coin-op, but the graphics and sound were inferior, with simple beeps and tiny sprites. It was the sort of mini arcade that you could take to the bathroom with you and have a game or two while you were doing your business, but I declined to do this as the smell would make its way inside the machine.

The game was released at a time when shoot-em-ups were popular in the arcades. But what makes Donkey Kong stand out from the others is that it is considered one of the first platform games. It was also a first for Shigeru Miyamoto, who went on create the legendary Super Mario series. Donkey Kong was quite popular that the game was ported to virtually every machine that existed at the time, with the NES being the first to get a version.

This version of the game is pretty much faithful to the arcade game. Most of the animations are there, and the sounand music is the same (except for that musical piece on the menu screen). While it's easy to criticize the NES version for lacking several features, such as the “How High Can You Get?” screen and the cement factory, you have to keep in mind that there is limited storage space on the cartridges the games are d stored on. (I believe that NES cartridges only hold 4MB, while the coin-op holds much more than that.)

Donkey Kong was one of the first games where it is easy to get a really high score that no one can achieve, if you know the strategy to beat the more difficult levels later on. Although you get points by rescuing your girlfriend from the big ape, there are a lot more bonus points to be gained by getting her belongings and smashing obstacles with a hammer. The more levels you advance, the higher these items are. So far, the furthest I got was level three.

The Bad
I can't think of anything bad about the game.

The Bottom Line
Donkey Kong is considered one of the first platform games, and the NES received one of the first ports. Aside from a few differences, it is very much faithful to the original coin-op in terms of graphics and sound. The game can be used to top your previous high score every time, or it's good to have a blast at it after you get home from work.

by Katakis | ă‚«ă‚żă‚­ă‚č (43057) on Jul 8th, 2017 · NES

A good game, but could be better...

The Good
ColecoVision's Donkey Kong had good graphics, nice gameplay and good sound effects. It was the first Donkey Kong coin-op conversion in the world. Because Coleco acquired DK rights from Nintendo, it released several versions of the game in Western hemisphere, like Intellivision and Atari 2600. ColecoVision's version had sound effects more realistic and similar to arcade than the japanese Famicom (NES) one.

The Bad
Unfortunately, like NES' version, the ColecoVision one had only three levels, lacking the Pie Factory. Did Nintendo make this on purpose?

The Bottom Line
ColecoVision Donkey Kong is a good game, but would be better if it included the Pie Factory, as Arcade and GB versions did. However, it's worth to play it on ColecoVision!

by Gustavo Henrique dos Santos (97) on Mar 8th, 2014 · ColecoVision

Great Graphics Don't Make Up For Horrible Gameplay

The Good
Donkey Kong for the 2600 has surprisingly great graphics. Coleco did an excellent utilizing the consoles hardware to its fullest and making some relatively high-res graphics. For a console notoriously known for being graphically horrible, Donkey Kong is a nice surprise.

The Bad
The graphics don't make up for the fact that gameplay is incredibly difficult and frustrating. I understand input options are very limited on the 2600. The joysticks are not designed for platform gameplay. But response time on the button presses is slow, which means you have to time your jumps even more so than at the arcade. Otherwise it leads to a fit of rage involving chucking the console at the TV over losing your last life so close to the top of the level.

The Bottom Line
I'm not sure if the 2600 version of Donkey Kong in a true port of the original. It's a good attempt to bring the arcade game to the home console, but it's just not designed for this hardware. Nice try Coleco, but Donkey Kong for the Atari 2600 was not the same Donkey Kong from the arcade.

by Mullet of Death (592) on Aug 30th, 2008 · Atari 2600

A timeless classic

The Good
If you were wandering through your local arcade in the early Eighties, you would have probably found a classic gem called Donkey Kong. My first glimpse of the game was the tabletop version by Coleco, which contained inferior hardware and featured basic graphics, different sounds, and no animations whatsoever. Then I remember getting the version for my Commodore 64 made by Ocean, which is so faithful to Nintendo’s original coin-op. The game was responsible for introducing us to the Big N’s two major characters – Mario and Donkey Kong – who would eventually say good-bye to each other and feature in their own individual series.

The setting is a construction area consisting of four separate screens, which include construction site, cement factory, elevator level, and finally the rivet level. No matter what screen you’re on, the object is the same: jump over barrels, trays of cement, and fireballs - or use a hammer on them - while making your way to the top. Once there, both Mario and Pauline are together for a few seconds until the gorilla carries her off to the next screen. On the fourth screen, you also have to remove all the rivets by walking over them. Along the way, Mario can grab items belonging to Pauline, such as hats, parasols, and purses for bonus points. Let the bonus counter run out or collide with an enemy, and Mario will lose a life. The game ends when there are no lives left.

The artwork around the cabinet, featuring the main characters, is well designed, and the graphics and animations are impressive. The background music consists of small loops that never grow tired. The “How High Can You Get?” intermission encourages players to have ”just one more go”, not only to get a lot further than their previous game, but also to make their mark on the high score table. The controls are simple, with a joystick used to direct Mario and the one button to jump.

The Bad
Just like most home ports, the coin-op version punishes players who don’t go far enough, denying them access to some levels. On level one, you don’t get to play the cement factory or elevator levels. On level two, only the elevator level is unlocked, and on level three, all four screens are playable. Also, there is a limited amount of time in which you can destroy obstacles with the hammer, but I don’t think this is long enough, even on the earlier levels.

The Bottom Line
Donkey Kong is a popular game that requires you to make your way to the top of the screen to rescue the damsel-in-distress, while avoiding the obstacles that come your way. The graphics, animation, and sound is excellent, but the major disadvantage is the way the game omits some screens on the earlier levels. Official ports and clones were released for a multitude of platforms, and each platform also has its own drawbacks.

by Katakis | ă‚«ă‚żă‚­ă‚č (43057) on Oct 8th, 2022 · Arcade

The unfinished work

The Good
The Famicom version is probably the best portage of the arcade game. The graphics and musics are pretty similar to the original and it is really funny to play, especially if you tried the Atari 2600 and Intellivision versions. If you always use your 8-bit console, or if you are a collector, this is definitely the cartridge you need.

The Bad
The game contains only three levels instead of five.

The Bottom Line
This is the adaptation of the arcade game Donkey Kong Super Famicom. A very fun and original game, but unfortunately incomplete.

by Wave Magatama (3) on Apr 17th, 2016 · NES

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